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Bruce Chatwin | Interview

Bruce Chatwin & Michael Ignatieff

‘We have everything here, but I always wish I was somewhere else. It's a condition that makes one very difficult to live with.’

Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) was a British travel writer and novelist. After working first at Sotheby’s, and then for the Sunday Times, he made a pilgrimage to Patagonia in 1974, which inspired the book that launched his writing career. In Patagonia won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. Chatwin went on to write many successful travel memoirs, including The Songlines, about Indigenous Australian mythology. His novel, Utz, was shortlisted for the 1988 Booker Prize.

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Michael Ignatieff

He is the Professor of the Practice of Human Rights Policy and the Director of the Carr Center of Human Rights Policy at Harvard. His books include The Warrior’s Honour: Ethnic War and Modern Conscience (Vintage/Owl), Virtual War (Vintage/Picador USA), Isaiah Berlin (Vintage/Owl), The Russian Album (Vintage/Picador) and a novel Scar Tissue (Vintage/Farrar Straus & Giroux) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993.

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